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House-Cleaning Tip
If you don't have any type of scrubbing solution, not even Baking Soda for cleaning bathroom stains sinks or whatever, you can use Toothpaste.

Helpful Hints
Fill a spray bottle with lemon-lime soft drink to spray on apple and banana slices to prevent them from turning brown.
To keep celery longer: After cleaning, wrap in foil before putting in refrigerator. (This really does work! I started storing celery this way and it lasts a lot longer than usual).

Tips Of A Lifetime
Stuff a miniature marshmallow in the bottom of a sugar cone to prevent ice cream drips
Use a meat baster to "squeeze" your pancake batter onto the hot griddle- perfect shaped pancakes every time.
To keep potatoes from budding, place an apple in the bag with the potatoes.
To prevent egg shells from cracking, add a pinch of salt to the water before hard-boiling.
Run your hands under cold water before pressing Rice Krispies treats in the pan-the marshmallow won't stick to your fingers.
To get the most juice out of fresh lemons, bring them to room temperature and roll them under your palm against the kitchen counter before squeezing.
To easily remove burnt on food from your skillet, simply add a drop or two of dish soap and enough water to cover bottom of pan, and bring to a boil on stove-top-skillet will be much easier to clean now
Spray your Tupperware with nonstick cooking spray before pouring in tomato-based sauces-no more stains.
When a cake recipe calls for flouring the baking pan, use a bit of the dry cake mix instead- no white mess on the outside of the cake.
If you accidentally over-salt a dish while it's still cooking, drop in a peeled potato- it absorbs the excess salt for an instant "fix me up".
Wrap celery in aluminum foil when putting in the refrigerator-it will keep for weeks.
Brush beaten egg white over pie crust before baking to yield a beautiful glossy finish.
Place a slice of apple in hardened brown sugar to soften it back up.
When boiling corn on the cob, add a pinch of sugar to help bring out the corns natural sweetness.
To determine whether an egg is fresh, immerse it in a pan of cool, salted water. If it sinks, it is fresh- if it rises to the surface, throw it away.
Cure for headaches: Take a lime, cut it in half and rub it on your forehead. The throbbing will go away.
Don't throw out all that leftover wine: Freeze into ice cubes for future use in casseroles and sauces.
If you have problem opening jars: Try using latex dishwashing gloves. They give a non-slip grip that makes opening jars easy.
Potatoes will take food stains off your fingers. Just slice and rub raw potato on the stains and rinse with water.
To get rid of itch from mosquito bite, try applying soap on the area. Instant relief.
Ants, ants, ants everywhere ... Well, they are said to never cross a chalk line. So get your chalk out and draw a line on the floor or wherever ants tend to march. See for yourself.
Use air-freshener to clean mirrors. It does a good job and better still, leaves a lovely smell to the shine.
When you get a splinter, reach for the scotch tape before resorting to tweezers or a needle. Simply put the scotch tape over the splinter, then pull it off. Scotch tape removes most splinters painlessly and easily.
Now look what you can do with Alka Seltzer:
~Clean a toilet. Drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets, wait twenty minutes, brush, and flush. The citric acid and effervescent action clean vitreous china.
~Clean a vase. To remove a stain from the bottom of a glass vase or cruet, fill with water and drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets.
~Polish jewelry. Drop two Alka-Seltzer tablets into a glass of water and immerse the jewelry for two minutes.
~Clean a thermos bottle. Fill the bottle with water, drop in four Alka-Seltzer tablets, and let soak for an hour (or longer, if necessary).
~Unclog a drain. Clear the sink drain by dropping three Alka-Seltzer tablets down the drain followed by a cup of Heinz White Vinegar. Wait a few minutes, then run the hot water.
If your VCR has a year setting on it, which most do, you will not be able to use the programmed recording feature after 12/31/99. Don't throw it away. Instead set it for the year 1972 as the days are the same as the year 2000. The manufacturers won't tell you. They want you to buy a newY2k VCR.

A Few Tips and Tricks
Flies or bees bothering you? Spray them with hairspray and they will take a quick dive.

Sealed envelope - Put in the freezer for a few hours, then slide a knife under the flap. The envelope can then be resealed.

Use Empty toilet paper roll to store appliance cords. It keeps them neat and you can write on the roll what appliance it belongs to.

For icy door steps in freezing temperatures: get warm water and put Dawn dishwashing liquid in it. Pour it all over the steps. They won't refreeze.

Crayon marks on walls? This worked wonderfully! A damp rag, dipped in baking soda. Comes off with little effort (elbow grease that is!).

Permanent marker on appliances/counter tops (like store receipt BLUE!) rubbing alcohol on paper towel.

Whenever I purchase a box of S.O.S Pads, I immediately take a pair of scissors and cut each pad into halves. After years of having to throw away rusted and unused and smelly pads, I finally decided that this would be much more economical. And now a box of S.O.S pads last me indefinitely! In fact, I have noticed that the scissors get sharpened this way!

Opening brand new jars can be a feat in itself. Well, I have found a way to make it the easiest thing to do. Instead of banging a jar of jam, pickles, etc., with a knife until it loosens up, I simply reach into he drawer and pull out the handy nutcracker. It adjusts to the size of the jar and I simply give it a good twist and off pops the lid!

Blood stains on clothes? Not to worry! Just pour a little peroxide on a cloth and proceed to wipe off every drop of blood. Works ever time!

Washing Windows: Use vertical strokes when washing windows outside and horizontal for inside windows. This way you can tell which side has the streaks. Straight vinegar will get outside windows really clean. Don't wash windows on a sunny day. They will dry too quickly and will probably streak.

Spray a bit of perfume on the light bulb in any room to create a lovely light scent in each room when the light is turned on.

Place fabric softener sheets in dresser drawers and your clothes will smell freshly washed for weeks to come. You can also do this with towels and linen.

Candles will last a lot longer if placed in the freezer for at least 3 hours prior to burning.

To clean artificial flowers, pour some salt into a paper bag and add the flowers. Shake vigorously as the salt will absorb all the dust and dirt and leave your artificial flowers looking like new! Works like A charm!

Kitchen Helps

Kitchen Helps -The Right Pan for the Right Job
The type of pan you use to cook in may make a difference in the quality of the finished product. It is best to bake in a dull finish aluminum pan. A dark pan may cool too quickly and a shiny pan reflects heat to such a degree that you may not get even cooking.

Always cook recipes that contain eggs, sour cream, or cream at a lower setting to avoid curdling.
Pan Alert!

Non-stick pans, including all of the best brands may be dangerous if you allow them to boil dry. At 400 degrees F. the pans may release toxic fumes after about 20 minutes, long enough to make a person sick. This could be even more serious for birds and other small pets.
Cooking Facts

When deep frying, use a pure vegetable oil, preferably one with a high smoke point such as corn or safflower or Canola. Butter, margarine or lard will burn before reaching the temperature needed for frying.
Fat should only be heated to 400 degrees. Any higher will cause the fat to deteriorate.
Cook all vegetables at the highest power setting in a microwave. The faster they cook, the more nutrients are retained.
Baking soda should never be added to foods that are cooking. It may destroy certain B vitamins.
If fat is too hot, the food is apt to be too brown and dry on the outside and uncooked on the inside.
After cooking in a wok, wipe the inner surface with vegetable oil to retard any rust forming.
If you use glass or Corning Ware dishes in the oven, you can reduce the heat by 25 degrees.
If you add 1 ½ teaspoons of butter to a cooking pasta or soup it will not boil over.
Always use a shallow pot for cooking a roast. It allows air to circulate better than deep ones.
When cooking custard, place a piece of waxed paper over it while it is still hot to avoid a skin from forming. This also works for any kind of pudding.
To glaze the tops of rolls before baking or browning, beat one egg white lightly with one tablespoon of milk and brush on.
To glaze cakes, try using one tablespoon of milk with a small amount of brown sugar dissolved in it.
In order to keep boiled icing from hardening, add 1/3 teaspoon vinegar while it is cooking.
A quick frosting can be made by mashing a small boiled potato, then beating in confectioner's sugar and a small amount of vanilla.
To prevent icing from running over the tops of cakes, try sprinkling a small amount of corn starch or flour on the top before you ice.
When making meringue, add no more than 2 tablespoons of sugar for each egg white. The meringue should be spread to the pastry rim, then cool the baked pie slowly and keep it away from drafts. Before placing meringue on pie filling, be sure the filling is cool.
Lumpy Gravy? Use your blender to smooth the lumps away!!
Add a teaspoon of peanut butter to cover up the burnt flavor of gravy. This will not alter the taste.
When using butter for sautéing, always use unsalted butter since the salt separates from salted butter when heated and may leave a bitter taste. If you add a pinch of salt to flour before mixing it with a liquid, it will help the gravy from being lumpy. To get a rich, brown color to your gravy, spread the flour on a cookie pan and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally until brown before using the flour or add a small amount of coffee to the gravy. You won't taste the coffee flavor. Another trick to brown gravy is to add onion skins to the gravy while it is cooking, but only for a few minutes, then discard the skins.
When making a white sauce, add a dash of nutmeg for a great taste.
If your Hollandaise sauce has curdled, try beating a tablespoon of cold water into it and it will bring it back to smooth texture.
A high-fat gravy will have a better consistency if you add 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda to it.

Aluminum Foil Fact
Aluminum foil wrap should never ...

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